AIZAWL, March 15 � The Mizoram Government has proposed increasing the MLA Local Area Development Scheme fund by Rs 5 lakh to Rs 30 lakh and an outlay of Rs 370 crore under its flagship programme � new land use policy (NLUP) in the budget presented in the Assembly today.
State Finance Minister H Liansailova while presenting the Rs 5,245.34 crore budget said that though the Planning Commission was yet to allocate the State annual plan size for 2013-14, he presented a regular budget without vote-on- account.
The budget comprise of non-plan provision of Rs 2,945.11 crore, plan allocation of Rs 2,300 crore and Centrally sponsored scheme (CCS) of Rs 22.86 lakh.
During his 80-minute budget speech, Liansailova said he kept the plan size the same as the current fiscal�s plan allocation at Rs 2,300 crore though it was expected that the Planning Commission would increase the plan allocation by at least ten per cent.
He said the revenue surplus was estimated at Rs 381.81 crore and the fiscal deficit at Rs 73.65 crore.
The budget proposed to increase the MLA Local Area Development Scheme from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh per MLA with the total allocation for the scheme at Rs 12 crore.
The Mizoram Finance Minister said the New Land Use Policy (NLUP), the flagship prgramme of the ruling Congress in the State, remained the top priority of the government and the budget earmarked an outlay of Rs 370 crore for the next fiscal. � PTI
�Out of the target of 1.2 lakh families, a total 96,139 families have been covered during the first two years and the remaining 29,862 families were being covered during the current financial year,� he said.
The Planning Commission has been requested to enhance the number of beneficiaries by 15,000 due to increase in the number of eligible families. � PTI